Glenville State College Lady Pioneer Rachel Redick was honored in Nebraska, named to the Kodak All-American Division II First Team squad. And Lady Pioneer head coach Steve Harold was named WBCA-Russell Athletic NCAA Division II Coach of the Year. Pictured above is Glenville State College President Peter Barr (left) with Redick and Harold

(Photos by Drew Moody)

By Drew Moody
Special for the Hur Herald

The night before Glenville's defeat Wednesday to UC San Diego in the NCAA Elite Eight Championship Tournament in Kearney, Nebraska, athletes, coaches and guests gathered to honor the participating teams.

Near the end of the Banquet of Champions two important announcements were scheduled - the highlight of pre-tournament festivities, if you will.

Beth Bass, CEO of the Women's Basketball Coaches Association, stood before the crowd to announce the selection of First Team Kodak All-Americans and the 2007 Russell Athletic Coach of the Year.

"It's my pleasure to name the 10 best Athletes in America," Bass said.

"It's an unbelievable honor to be named a Kodak All-American," Bass whet on to say.

Rachel Redick and nine other women were named members of the First Team Kodak All-American squad. That makes Redick a four-time All American and the only "First Team" member ever to attend Glenville State College.

Head Lady Pioneer coach Steve Harold's reactions during the
Elite Eight loss was subdued throughout the game. Here, the
three coaches are seen minutes prior to the end of the game.
From left are, assistant John Nicolois, Harold, and assistant
Denny Fitzpatrick. Melanie Oliver is seated by Fitzpatrick

Lady Pioneers head coach Steve Harold said Tuesday night they just had one more thing to do as a team - win three more games.

In considering those games, the first of which was the following day, Redick said, "When it's over I think it's not going to be easy to let go of the game, or the team."

Yet as it turned out, fate had another plan, and it was "over" Wednesday after Glenville lost their quarterfinal game to UC San Diego 71-61.

Harold downplayed his award, the WBCA-Russell Athletic Division II Coach of the Year.

"I think you have to keep these things in perspective," Harold said. "They don't give these awards to coaches of losing teams."

"When I get this award, I'll share it with my team."

Harold will travel to Cleveland, Ohio, April 2, to be officially recognized at the National Coach of the Year Banquet.

(L) Rachel Redick cuts across the baseline a move that fans
are accustomed to seeing. UC San Diego "keyed" its defense on
Redick, making her game far more difficult (R) Redick played
her final game as a Lady Pioneer this week. Here she and Melanie
Oliver listen intently to coach Steve Harold during a time-out